Agenda

September

Company: Secret Universe

Designmuseo , Helsinki / FI
– 22.09.2019
designmuseum.fi 

In 2007, Aamu Song and Johan Olin founded the Company design studio. For the first time, the Design Museum in Helsinki is dedicating an exhibition to the studio, which specialises in traditional folk crafts. On their travels around the world, Song and Olin have visited numerous workshops and craftsmen in Japan, Russia, and Mexico. The knowledge and skills obtained as a result have been translated into art objects, clothing, accessories, and furniture. In their work, the duo is primarily concerned with draw- ing attention to aspects such as craftsmanship threatened with extinction and our unsustainable consumer culture. In addition to displaying finished prod- ucts, the exhibition also shows the studio’s artistic design process – starting with the research trip all the way to actual production.

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Politics of Design, Design of Politics

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 29.09.2019
dnstdm.de 

With the exhibition “Friedrich von Borries. Politics of Design – Design of Politics”, the Neue Sammlung continues its exhibition series on contemporary positions in design, launched in 2015, and now in its fourth year. Under the conceptual direction of Friedrich von Borries, the exhibition breaks down museum boundaries in the permanent collection and combines museum pieces with DIY objects contributed by participants in an open call. The heart of the exhibition is its aim to question the interaction between design and politics: To what extent are design objects products of political dynamics? How can design contribute to changing these dynamics? These questions will be discussed in the context of the exhibition in workshops with representatives from politics, science, and culture.

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Unlabel. Fashion beyond categorization

Museum für Gestaltung Zürich / AT
– 29.09.2019
museum-gestaltung.ch/en/ 

Fashion is a way of relating to one another, a projection surface of social constructs, and therefore in most cases still clearly defined by stereotypical images of men and women. “Unlabel - Fashion beyond categorization” is an exhibition by students of the Master’s programme in Art Education, Curatorial Studies at the Hochschule der Künste Zürich at the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich. It deals with the fashionable, social and socially established understanding of gender and the resulting exclusions and demarcations.

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Vienna Biennale for Change

Vienna / AT
– 06.10.2019
viennabiennale.org 

International artists, designers and architects create visions for the future based on economic, ecological and social values. What does it take to turn these visions for the future into reality and what role do creative people play in this process?

Special focus is placed on the search for courageous answers to digital change and topics such as artificial intelligence, new innovative working models and responsible consumerism. Conferences, workshops and exhibitions, such as the exhibition project “Climate Change”, deal with the latest topics relevant to the design industry. 

more

All About Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Jüdisches Museum , Hohenems / AT
– 06.10.2019
jm-hohenems.at 

Tel Aviv with its “White City” radiantly transcends the national, religious and violent conflicts of Israel and Palestine. This cosmopolitan city attracts tourists and start up companies and, with its legacy of Bauhaus architecture of over 4,000 buildings, has held the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. In this exhibition, the Jewish Museum Hohenems wants to look behind the well-kept facade of the city, which has been built by conscious branding since at least the 1970s. With photographs by Peter Loewy (born in Tel Aviv), historical material, objects and models, the exhibition reveals its hidden history as a city built by refugees and immigrants, whose success story has pushed the coexistence of Jews, Muslims and Christians in the former Jaffa to the back of people’s memories.

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electro ± mobile. History and Present of a Future Technology

Museum für Kommunikation , Frankfurt / DE
– 13.10.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

Everywhere, the electric car is declared to be an alternative to vehicles with combustion engines and as a remedy for the mobility crisis. However, a boom in electric cars has so far failed to materialise. What this would mean for the environment and society is the question posed by the Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt in the exhibition “elektro ± mobil”.

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Living in a Box. Design und Comics

Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.10.2019
design-museum.de 

“What an uncomfortable chair”, moans Moominpappa from the popular Swedish comic “Moomin”, back in 1958, as he tries out the 1938 Grupo Austral Butterfly Chair.  Moominpapa prefers practical and traditional things. Since comics have become socially relevant, design has taken on the mediating role between the imagined comic world and our everyday lives. From 24 May 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will be presenting this exciting relationship in the exhibition “Living in a Box” at the Vitra Schaudepot using examples of cartoons, graphic novels and complementary design objects. It places the interaction of design and fiction in both a historical and highly topical context in a playful way.

more

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 20.10.2019
vam.ac.uk 

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming projects, the current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores our relationship to food. The exhibition presents over 70 projects that take a new look at our food culture and radically rethink our understanding of food production, trade and consumption. In exciting collaborations between artists and designers on the one hand, and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities on the other, a range of answers to a topic of growing global interest emerges. Cheese cultivated from human bacteria, insect sausages, the role of the table and the challenge of feeding the world’s population can all be experienced in many different ways.

more

use-less. Slow Fashion Against Waste and Ugly Clothing

Hafenmuseum Speicher IX, Bremen / DE
– 20.10.2019
useless-ausstellung.de 

From an eco-logical and social point of view, the fashion industry is one of the most harmful industries in the world. The “use-less” exhibition, under the prominent patronage of Vivienne Westwood, displays sustainable designs by students on the Fashion Design course at Hanover University of Applied Sciencesand Arts. These designs take account of the urgent need for change within the industry. Based on the presented projects’ approaches to zero waste and visible mending, the exhibition illustrates the textile process from raw material to recycling and invites visitors to participate by means of an interactive design. At the knitting station they learn how wool is processed, and in the Changing Room they can try out with fashion on their own bodies.

Workshops, guided tours and readings are intended to give impetus for questioning one’s own consumption of fashion, which, according to Greenpeace, has doubled in Germany since 2000. The future of the industry will be discussed during two roundtables in October.

Die Besucher sollen den eigenen Modekonsum hinterfragen: Laut Greenpeace hat sich dieser seit dem Jahr 2000 verdoppelt. Impulse hierfür sollen unter anderem Workshops, Führungen und Lesungen geben, in Talk-Runden zu den Themen Nachhaltigkeit und faire Löhne wird im Oktober über die Zukunft der Industrie diskutiert.

more

Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
– 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

more

Edge of Now

Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe / DE
– 27.10.2019
zkm.de 

The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany: Verena Friedrich, Yang Jian and Kim Heecheon.

The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany as part of the “Three Rooms” project. This project is a collaboration between the ZKM, the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul and the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai which aims to promote young media artists. Following its launch in Seoul, the exhibition will be on view until 27 October 2019 in atriums 1 and 2 of the Center for Art and Media (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) in Karlsruhe and will then move to Shanghai.

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Game of Drones. Von unbemannten Flugobjekten

Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen / DE
– 03.11.2019
zeppelin-museum.de 

By 2020, it is expected that more than 7 million drones will be in the skies in Europe.  Describing the ambivalent character of drones, Ina Neddermeyer, the exhibition’s curator, says, “It is a technology that unites complete opposites and therefore offers numerous possibilities for being adapted, especially from an artistic perspective.” Drones have arrived on the mass market and enjoy general social acceptance – even in the civilian sector. In staging this exhibition, the Zeppelin Museum is the first German museum to examine this technology couched between science and art which, in view of its considerable influence, has received very little attention so far.  

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table talks. Design Students from Berlin and Copenhagen Invite you to Dinner

Kunstgewerbemuseum im Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden / DE
– 03.11.2019
kunstgewerbemuseum.skd.museum 

Baroque-era tables were oftendecorated with groups of figures or porcelain landscapes to stimulate conversation. The term “conversation piece” entered art history in the 18th century as the term for portraits of small groups. At the invitation of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (museum of decorative arts), 22 design students created objects made of porcelain, ceramics and glass that interpret the Baroque tradition with a modern twist. The project is jointly managed by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Under the direction of Barbara Schmidt, Professor of Experimental Design in Berlin, and Martin Kaldahl from the Institute of Architecture and Design at the Royal Danish Academy, the students learned how to make porcelain at the Meissen factory and experimented with glass at the Harzkristall factory in Derenburg. The resulting material experiments and installations can be seen as still lifes in Schloss Pillnitz.

more

Nearly Nothing: Jewellery and Vessels Created by Ulla and Martin Kaufmann

Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim / DE
– 03.11.2019
Schmuckmuseum.de 

The works of Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are characterised by curved, simple forms. For more than 50 years, their partnership has produced award-winning and trend-setting metal work in silver and gold. A sample of their jewellery, cutlery, vessels and other objects will be exhibited at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim until 3 November. 

Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are among the most important goldsmiths today. They have worked in their home town-atelier in Hildesheim since 1970, producing a wide range of works. In the 1980s and 1990s, for example, they designed the cutlery lines “Palladio” and “Passione” for Wilkens; today their focus is gold jewellery, influenced by sculptors such as Richard Serra.

In several of their jewellery pieces, such as the “Nearly Nothing” necklace, they use a technique that dispenses with the need for clasps: the pieces of gold jewellery swing like ribbons around the shape of the wearer, held in place only by tension and curvature. Precision craftsmanship, high quality and well thought-out designs have already earned the pair numerous design awards for their collaborative creations. 

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Jewelry Making: Past & Present

The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem / IL
– 16.11.2019
islamicart.co.il 

The exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present” at the Museum for Islamic Art is divided into three different sections, which look at jewellery making from different perspectives. The first presents examples of religious, ritual and historical artefacts from Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing insights into cultural and ethnic identities. A second section includes objects by contemporary artists that have been inspired by motifs and designs of historical, Islamic jewellery, thereby juxtaposing tradition and change. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza.

more

Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

more

SBB CFF FFS

Museum of Design, Zürich / CH
– 05.01.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Stations, trains and posters make the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB, CFF, FFS) a showcase for Swiss design. The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, is devoting an exhibition to this theme for the first time.

more

111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

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Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

more

Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

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DDC Award – Gute Gestaltung 2019

Frankfurt / DE
20.09.2019 – 20.09.2019
ddc.de  

For 20 years now, the German Designer Club has awarded an annual prize for Good Design. This year it is doing so under the patronage of Vienna curator Lilli Hollein. Prizes are awarded in seven categories: Identity, Spaces, Reporting, Product, Campaign, Publishing and Interactive. Start-ups have the chance to win the DDC Next Award worth 5,000 euros, while student and university projects can compete for the DDC University Award, also worth 5,000 euros. The participation fee is 345 euros until 30 August 2019 and 445 euros thereafter. Start-ups pay only 195 euros, students only 95 euros. Winners will receive their awards at the DDC Night on 22 November 2019. There is just one downside: medal winners must pay an additional fee of 395 euros, while award winners must pay an additional 195 euros. Students are exempt from additional fees.

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Vienna Design Week

Vienna / AT
27.09.2019 – 06.10.2019
viennadesignweek.at 

Vienna Design Week sees design as an elementary part of our everyday lives, far beyond an aesthetic contribution, as a profound tool of society. Under the direction of curator Lilli Hollein, the organisers want to communicate this in the form of exhibitions, product presentations, workshops, participatory projects, talks and tours throughout Vienna, not only to a specialist audience, but also to a public interested in design and visitors to the city. As this year’s guest country is Finland, the aim is to shed light on Finnish design history from Iittala via Artek and Marimekko to Nokia. The designer Tero Kuitunen is curating an exhibition on contemporary Finnish design under the title “Wild at Heart”.

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October

Vienna Biennale for Change

Vienna / AT
– 06.10.2019
viennabiennale.org 

International artists, designers and architects create visions for the future based on economic, ecological and social values. What does it take to turn these visions for the future into reality and what role do creative people play in this process?

Special focus is placed on the search for courageous answers to digital change and topics such as artificial intelligence, new innovative working models and responsible consumerism. Conferences, workshops and exhibitions, such as the exhibition project “Climate Change”, deal with the latest topics relevant to the design industry. 

more

All About Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Jüdisches Museum , Hohenems / AT
– 06.10.2019
jm-hohenems.at 

Tel Aviv with its “White City” radiantly transcends the national, religious and violent conflicts of Israel and Palestine. This cosmopolitan city attracts tourists and start up companies and, with its legacy of Bauhaus architecture of over 4,000 buildings, has held the title of UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2003. In this exhibition, the Jewish Museum Hohenems wants to look behind the well-kept facade of the city, which has been built by conscious branding since at least the 1970s. With photographs by Peter Loewy (born in Tel Aviv), historical material, objects and models, the exhibition reveals its hidden history as a city built by refugees and immigrants, whose success story has pushed the coexistence of Jews, Muslims and Christians in the former Jaffa to the back of people’s memories.

more

electro ± mobile. History and Present of a Future Technology

Museum für Kommunikation , Frankfurt / DE
– 13.10.2019
mfk-frankfurt.de 

Everywhere, the electric car is declared to be an alternative to vehicles with combustion engines and as a remedy for the mobility crisis. However, a boom in electric cars has so far failed to materialise. What this would mean for the environment and society is the question posed by the Museum für Kommunikation Frankfurt in the exhibition “elektro ± mobil”.

more

Living in a Box. Design und Comics

Vitra Schaudepot, Weil am Rhein / DE
– 20.10.2019
design-museum.de 

“What an uncomfortable chair”, moans Moominpappa from the popular Swedish comic “Moomin”, back in 1958, as he tries out the 1938 Grupo Austral Butterfly Chair.  Moominpapa prefers practical and traditional things. Since comics have become socially relevant, design has taken on the mediating role between the imagined comic world and our everyday lives. From 24 May 2019, the Vitra Design Museum will be presenting this exciting relationship in the exhibition “Living in a Box” at the Vitra Schaudepot using examples of cartoons, graphic novels and complementary design objects. It places the interaction of design and fiction in both a historical and highly topical context in a playful way.

more

FOOD: Bigger than the Plate

Victoria and Albert Museum, London / GB
– 20.10.2019
vam.ac.uk 

From gastronomic experiments to urban farming projects, the current exhibition FOOD: Bigger than the Plate at the Victoria & Albert Museum explores our relationship to food. The exhibition presents over 70 projects that take a new look at our food culture and radically rethink our understanding of food production, trade and consumption. In exciting collaborations between artists and designers on the one hand, and chefs, farmers, scientists and local communities on the other, a range of answers to a topic of growing global interest emerges. Cheese cultivated from human bacteria, insect sausages, the role of the table and the challenge of feeding the world’s population can all be experienced in many different ways.

more

use-less. Slow Fashion Against Waste and Ugly Clothing

Hafenmuseum Speicher IX, Bremen / DE
– 20.10.2019
useless-ausstellung.de 

From an eco-logical and social point of view, the fashion industry is one of the most harmful industries in the world. The “use-less” exhibition, under the prominent patronage of Vivienne Westwood, displays sustainable designs by students on the Fashion Design course at Hanover University of Applied Sciencesand Arts. These designs take account of the urgent need for change within the industry. Based on the presented projects’ approaches to zero waste and visible mending, the exhibition illustrates the textile process from raw material to recycling and invites visitors to participate by means of an interactive design. At the knitting station they learn how wool is processed, and in the Changing Room they can try out with fashion on their own bodies.

Workshops, guided tours and readings are intended to give impetus for questioning one’s own consumption of fashion, which, according to Greenpeace, has doubled in Germany since 2000. The future of the industry will be discussed during two roundtables in October.

Die Besucher sollen den eigenen Modekonsum hinterfragen: Laut Greenpeace hat sich dieser seit dem Jahr 2000 verdoppelt. Impulse hierfür sollen unter anderem Workshops, Führungen und Lesungen geben, in Talk-Runden zu den Themen Nachhaltigkeit und faire Löhne wird im Oktober über die Zukunft der Industrie diskutiert.

more

Conversation Piece

Design Museum, Holon / IL
– 26.10.2019
dmh.org.il 

The group exhibition with the work- ing title “Conversation Piece” in the Design Museum Holon in Israel will deal with the dialogue between two or more designers, which is part of every- day life in their creative work. Work- ing in a team can be a source of inspiration, but also always requires the agreement of all participants to be able to think freely at all times and to treat their counterparts with respect in order to create an open atmosphere free of fear. To this end, the exhibition invites designers from around the world to visualise, interpret, and document their creative dialogues – in the form of objects, spaces or interactive works that involve the visitor directly in the conversation.

more

Edge of Now

Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe / DE
– 27.10.2019
zkm.de 

The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany: Verena Friedrich, Yang Jian and Kim Heecheon.

The “Edge of Now” exhibition is displaying works by three artists from South Korea, China and Germany as part of the “Three Rooms” project. This project is a collaboration between the ZKM, the Nam June Paik Art Center in Seoul and the Chronus Art Center in Shanghai which aims to promote young media artists. Following its launch in Seoul, the exhibition will be on view until 27 October 2019 in atriums 1 and 2 of the Center for Art and Media (Zentrum für Kunst und Medien) in Karlsruhe and will then move to Shanghai.

more

table talks. Design Students from Berlin and Copenhagen Invite you to Dinner

Kunstgewerbemuseum im Schloss Pillnitz, Dresden / DE
– 03.11.2019
kunstgewerbemuseum.skd.museum 

Baroque-era tables were oftendecorated with groups of figures or porcelain landscapes to stimulate conversation. The term “conversation piece” entered art history in the 18th century as the term for portraits of small groups. At the invitation of the Kunstgewerbemuseum (museum of decorative arts), 22 design students created objects made of porcelain, ceramics and glass that interpret the Baroque tradition with a modern twist. The project is jointly managed by the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts and the Weißensee Academy of Art Berlin. Under the direction of Barbara Schmidt, Professor of Experimental Design in Berlin, and Martin Kaldahl from the Institute of Architecture and Design at the Royal Danish Academy, the students learned how to make porcelain at the Meissen factory and experimented with glass at the Harzkristall factory in Derenburg. The resulting material experiments and installations can be seen as still lifes in Schloss Pillnitz.

more

Game of Drones. Von unbemannten Flugobjekten

Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen / DE
– 03.11.2019
zeppelin-museum.de 

By 2020, it is expected that more than 7 million drones will be in the skies in Europe.  Describing the ambivalent character of drones, Ina Neddermeyer, the exhibition’s curator, says, “It is a technology that unites complete opposites and therefore offers numerous possibilities for being adapted, especially from an artistic perspective.” Drones have arrived on the mass market and enjoy general social acceptance – even in the civilian sector. In staging this exhibition, the Zeppelin Museum is the first German museum to examine this technology couched between science and art which, in view of its considerable influence, has received very little attention so far.  

more

Nearly Nothing: Jewellery and Vessels Created by Ulla and Martin Kaufmann

Schmuckmuseum, Pforzheim / DE
– 03.11.2019
Schmuckmuseum.de 

The works of Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are characterised by curved, simple forms. For more than 50 years, their partnership has produced award-winning and trend-setting metal work in silver and gold. A sample of their jewellery, cutlery, vessels and other objects will be exhibited at the Schmuckmuseum Pforzheim until 3 November. 

Ulla and Martin Kaufmann are among the most important goldsmiths today. They have worked in their home town-atelier in Hildesheim since 1970, producing a wide range of works. In the 1980s and 1990s, for example, they designed the cutlery lines “Palladio” and “Passione” for Wilkens; today their focus is gold jewellery, influenced by sculptors such as Richard Serra.

In several of their jewellery pieces, such as the “Nearly Nothing” necklace, they use a technique that dispenses with the need for clasps: the pieces of gold jewellery swing like ribbons around the shape of the wearer, held in place only by tension and curvature. Precision craftsmanship, high quality and well thought-out designs have already earned the pair numerous design awards for their collaborative creations. 

more

Jewelry Making: Past & Present

The Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem / IL
– 16.11.2019
islamicart.co.il 

The exhibition “Jewellery Making: Past & Present” at the Museum for Islamic Art is divided into three different sections, which look at jewellery making from different perspectives. The first presents examples of religious, ritual and historical artefacts from Christianity, Islam and Judaism, providing insights into cultural and ethnic identities. A second section includes objects by contemporary artists that have been inspired by motifs and designs of historical, Islamic jewellery, thereby juxtaposing tradition and change. The final part of the exhibition is dedicated to the jewellery collection of the singer Ofra Haza.

more

Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z

Deutsches Ledermuseum, Offenbach/Main / DE
– 29.12.2019
ledermuseum.de 

The exhibition “Das ist Leder! Von A bis Z” presents an extensive selection of objects in the form of a leather alphabet made of different types of leather, explaining the specific requirements for the associated design. Media tables, which guide different installations, offer information on the most important properties of the materials including various types of leather such as cow and sheep leather, nubuck and suede leather as well as crocodile, ostrich or shark leather, and present possible areas of application. Visitors will also have the opportunity to touch and experience the materials themselves. In short films specially made for the exhibition in the form of short portraits fine bag-makers, designers, and producers comment on topics such as crafts, tradition, manufacturing processes, and the role of trends.

more

SBB CFF FFS

Museum of Design, Zürich / CH
– 05.01.2020
museum-gestaltung.ch 

Stations, trains and posters make the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB, CFF, FFS) a showcase for Swiss design. The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich, is devoting an exhibition to this theme for the first time.

more

111/99. Questioning the Modernist Design Vocabulary

Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge, Berlin / DE
– 13.01.2020
museumderdinge.de 

At the Werkbundarchiv – Museum der Dinge in Berlin there is a sequence of four exhibitions on show, the last of which runs until the beginning of next year. These exhibitions demonstrate the connections between the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907, and the Bauhaus, founded in 1919, and also the influences on modernism emanating from the institutions. The first part in the series displays commercial graphics that illustrate the development from Art Nouveau to modernism.

more

Thonet & Design

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Two hundred years of furniture design are reflected in the “Thonet & Design” exhibition in the Design Museum in Munich, based on Thonet’s corporate history. The company was founded in 1819 by Michael Thonet, a master cabinet-maker, and over time has become one of the most important manufacturers of wooden furniture. In the 1920s, the company turned its attention to steel furniture, a new type of furniture at the time, which also created a link to various Bauhaus designers. In addition to bentwood and tubular steel furniture, the exhibition also shows designs by contemporary designers such as Norman Foster, Stefan Diez, Konstantin Grcic, and Sebastian Herkner. Steffen Kehrle, who created the exhibition, is also designing a chair for The Design Museum as part of this work.

more

Reflex Bauhaus

Die Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Munich / DE
– 02.02.2020
dnstdm.de 

Bauhaus in 2019 is going to be celebrated throughout the world with a large number of exhibitions and projects. The Design Museum in Munich is also taking up the theme and at the same time emphasises its own historical ties, directly after the founding of the museum in 1925. “Reflex Bauhaus. 40 Objects – 5 Conversations” not only presents a large number of original objects from the collection’s inventory, including textiles, furniture, lighting, and ceramics, but also places them in context with contemporary works. Five artists, namely the designer Ayzit Bostan, the poet Barbara Köhler, the architect Anupama Kundoo, the composer Junya Oikawa, and the artist Sofie Thorsen have been invited to develop a stance in dialogue with one of the exhibits. The aim is to “enable viewers to not only identify the historical origins of these objects, but also to reflect on them today”.

more

Vienna Design Week

Vienna / AT
27.09.2019 – 06.10.2019
viennadesignweek.at 

Vienna Design Week sees design as an elementary part of our everyday lives, far beyond an aesthetic contribution, as a profound tool of society. Under the direction of curator Lilli Hollein, the organisers want to communicate this in the form of exhibitions, product presentations, workshops, participatory projects, talks and tours throughout Vienna, not only to a specialist audience, but also to a public interested in design and visitors to the city. As this year’s guest country is Finland, the aim is to shed light on Finnish design history from Iittala via Artek and Marimekko to Nokia. The designer Tero Kuitunen is curating an exhibition on contemporary Finnish design under the title “Wild at Heart”.

more

Berlin Design Week

Berlin / DE
10.10.2019 – 17.10.2019
berlindesignweek.com 

Berlin Design Week is celebrating its first birthday. Founded last year, the event now aims to develop into an annual international platform for contemporary design. This cultural and creative capital will become a meeting place for creative industries, designers and anyone interested in design, for example at the design market in the Bikini Berlin concept mall. Solo exhibitions will be on show during the week throughout the city. In the exhibition “#Resolution – Design as Decision Aid”, the Kulturforum will be displaying works by young designers submitted via open call questioning the significance of the Bauhaus maxim in today’s world. The week will close on 17 October with a final flourish – the Open Studio Night, when Berlin offices invite visitors in to present their teams and working methods.

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Frankfurt Book Fair

Fairground Frankfurt / DE
16.10.2019 – 20.10.2019
buchmesse.de 

Once again the Frankfurt Book Fair will make an impact on the entire Rhine-Main region this year. Numerous cultural institutions are dedicating exhibitions, concerts and plays to Norway, this year’s guest of honour. From 14 September, the DAM will highlight the characteristics of Norwegian architecture in the exhibition “Hunting High and Low”. From 11 October, the MAK will show works in design, crafts and architecture in the “House of Norway”. The tender for the design of the Norwegian Pavilion was won by Luis Callejas and Charlotte Hansson of LCLA Architects in collaboration with Manthey Kula. “Norway Tells” is the name of the project that will furnish the interior of the pavilion with forty objects whose shapes are based on the individual seating and reading furniture typical of Norwegian libraries. Inspired by literary motifs, the result is an object garden that creates an abstract literary landscape rather than the Norwegian outdoors.

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Stadt.Land.Schluss

Marktoberdorf / DE
17.10.2019 – 18.10.2019
stadt-land-schluss.eu 

Rural areas are becoming deserted, while increasing urbanisation is driving rents in towns to dystopian heights. The symposium “Stadt.Land.Schluss”, initiated by the Koop design group, aims to help overcome this discrepancy. The organisers and lecturers will take a look at rural space from a transdisciplinary perspective not as a romanticised place of longing, but as a living and working space, a space for development with assets for the future. Among the speakers are the communication designer Ruedi Baur, Patrick Lüth from Snøhetta, the interdisciplinary studio for architecture, product and graphic de sign, human geographer Gerhard Henkel and the Stadtlücken association, founded by young designers from various disciplines, which is committed to developing cities worth living in. Designers can apply to present a Pecha Kucha lecture with their project, bachelor’s or master’s thesis until the closing date of 30 August 2019.

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